Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor
Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor


Doors Open Ontario:


in-person event information

September 16 and 17, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The theme for the 22nd annual Doors Open London is “London’s heritage through cuisine.” This concept incorporates both the nutritional and social value of food, allowing participants and attendees to explore London’s history and culture through cuisine.

This unique two-day event allows participating sites to showcase how cuisine has impacted their organizations, the way they tell their stories, and the everyday lives of Londoners. Over 40 sites will be open for exploration free of charge for residents and visitors. They may spotlight local artisan chefs, host demonstrations related to food, offer tours of their facilities, or run activities that demonstrate London’s heritage through the role of cuisine. Examples of activities include farm tours, kitchen tours, cooking classes, re-enactment dinners and interactive history lessons.

This annual event has become widely recognized as a weekend of communal gathering, celebration and recognition for London’s heritage sector, featuring hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes.” The weekend also aims to provide a range of activities to ensure that all community members can match their curiosities and embrace opportunities for public engagement.


Community information

London, Ontario is an urban hub with a population of over 400,000. London is unique in the fact that it is a major urban centre that geographically sits in the middle of several rural communities that comprise Southwestern Ontario.

Doors Open London events target not only residents of London, but also visitors to the city, coming from those rural areas surrounding the city and beyond. London is primarily an English-speaking community, with a growing population of diverse cultures. Over 20 per cent of London's population is made up of different ethnic groups. London does also have a French-speaking community. Spanish and Arabic are the other two major languages spoken here.

Explore the city and discover its diversity!


Become a volunteer

The London Heritage Council does not coordinate volunteers for Doors Open Ontario. Participating sites throughout London will recruit and coordinate their own volunteers. Event volunteer roles are varied, such as providing guided tours of the site, managing crowds, managing the artists/performers as they perform through the weekend, and performing dance, music and/or historical re-enactments.

We invite you to reach out directly to a site if you wish to volunteer with them. Thank you.


Local support

Doors Open London has always been successful at garnering support from local community organizations and will once again be supported by the City of London, Tourism London, various local business associations and print, radio and television media.


Contact information

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